Bill R. King
June 21, 1936  -  August 19, 2016

Bill R. King

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Memorial Service
Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel
5750 HWY 277 South
Abilene, TX  79606
Saturday, October 8, 2016
2:00 p.m.
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Bill R King, age 80, of Abilene died peacefully on August 19, 2016. He was born in Paris, TX and there began his adventures in becoming an accomplished outdoorsman. Although Bill lived and worked in Aurora,CO, and for a short time called Oklahoma City, OK home, most of his life was spent in Abilene, his "true home". Bill served in the US Army from 1959 to 1961 after graduating from Abilene High School in 1954. He went on to get his BA from McMurry College with an emphasis in political science and history. Bill held many interesting jobs, but after more than 25 years retired from Montgomery Ward.

He loved golf, skiing, astronomy, hunting and fishing. He always enjoyed social interaction and was a dedicated bridge player, as well as an active participant in several social clubs. He was quite the dancer!

He was an intelligent and kind man who gave from his heart.

Bill is survived by two daughters Dr Kelly King of Grand Junction, CO, Robin King of Yukon, OK, a granddaughter, Kendall Laudenschlager of Austin, TX, a sister-in-law, Elizabeth King as well as two nieces and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents Juanita & Tollie King, and his brother Jerry King.

An informal celebration of his life will be held on October 8 at 2:00 p.m. at the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The American Macular Degeneration Foundation in his name or the charity of your choice.


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  1. Elizabeth King
    West Monroe, LA

    A great loss for our family. The King boys are celebrating together. Bill was a fun loving man dedicated to his family and friends.

  2. Cynthia King-Ryne
    Plano, TX

    I will miss my Uncle Bill's boisterous West Texas accent. I can hear him now, "Hello Honey!" My fondest memory was driving his golf cart while he and his buddies played a round. Uncle Bill loved golf and he loved different types of food. We ate sushi together a few times. Once when he visited us for Christmas, we caught him sneaking in the refrigerator to eat more Swedish herring. I'm sure he is on a boat with my dad (his brother Jerry) fishing and talking about all their fun childhood stories.

    Love you Uncle Bill!

  3. Kay Springer
    Coppell, TX

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